While aiming for the Oscars, local movie The Wound has reached another international milestone.
The movie just struck a multi-million rand distribution deal with French distributor Pyramide Films. According to The Wound‘s producer Elias Ribeir, the deal worth a whopping R2.5 million will also help the movie get publicity in other major publications and on billboards across the country. This will put it in a good spot to achieve greater heights.
As specified in the deal, the film has already been released at 41 cinemas across France. Also, an estimated 50,000 moviegoers and above are expected to troop in to watch it.
The film will also be distributed to 19 countries including Germany, UK, America, Brazil and Australia. It will be released in South Africa later this year.
Lead actor Nakhane Touré said that he didn’t expect the movie to turn out so big. He confessed that upon taking the role, he thought it would be one of those movies that fades away within a short time.
Thus, he was humbled by the reception it had received from people. Nevertheless, he wasn’t surprised as much work was put in to ensure a good quality production.
He however, admitted to being nervous about how the local audience would react to the film due to its controversial theme.
Notably, The Wound tells the story of Kwanda‚ a gay factory worker‚ who goes from the city to the rural area of his family’s origin to be circumcised in a traditional rites-of-passage ceremony.
As a result of this controversial theme, the film experienced a lot of homophobic abuse among the local audiences in South Africa.
Notwithstanding the challenges, the producers are positive the film will achieve more in the future. On that note, plans are underway to enter it for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 2018 Oscars.